|Portrait of William E. Dever
One of the most famous workers on Goose Island during the 1890s was the future mayor William E. Dever, who came to Chicago from Woburn, Massachusetts in 1887. He was a skilled tannery worker, a whitener, and was drawn to Goose Island by the premium pay ($4/day for nine hours of work). He was employed by Grey, Clark and Engle at the south end of Goose Island near Halsted. Yet Dever put in much longer days than the average tannery worker. After work, he walked back and forth from downtown to the Chicago College of Law. After graduation he worked as a lawyer and eventually moved into local politics, serving first as the area alderman and later as mayor.
The Electronic Encyclopedia of Chicago © 2005 Chicago Historical Society.
The Encyclopedia of Chicago © 2004 The Newberry Library. All Rights Reserved. Portions are copyrighted by other institutions and individuals. Additional information on copyright and permissions.